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Van Buren County farmer receives award

Aug 29, 2017
PHOTO SUBMITTED Brian Caves of Van Buren County, center, receives an Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award at the Iowa State Fair.

DES MOINES — Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Awards were presented Aug. 16 at the Iowa State Fair.

Brian Caves of Van Buren County was one of the many recipients.

The Iowa Farm Environmental Leader Award is a joint effort between the governor, lieutenant governor, Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, and Iowa Department of Natural Resources to recognize the efforts of Iowa’s farmers as environmental leaders committed to healthy soils and improved water quality.

The award recognizes the exemplary voluntary actions of farmers that improve or protect the environment and natural resources of the state. The influential environmental leaders also encourage other farmers to follow in their footsteps by showcasing the success that they have had. It recognizes those that have taken steps in their farming operations to serve as local leaders in environmental stewardship on their farms, utilizing a variety of techniques and best management practices. As environmental leaders, these farmers have adopted best management practices and incorporated environmental stewardship throughout their farming operations. As true stewards of the land, these awardees recognize that improved water quality and soil sustainability reap benefits that extend beyond their fields to reach the citizens of Iowa and beyond, and have made environmental stewardship a priority on their farms.

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